Grocery Delivery and Pickup Tips to Save Money

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During the pandemic, grocery store delivery and pickup exploded in popularity, allowing stores to stay in business and keeping homes stocked as well as possible (considering the many supply chain shortages that occurred). Now that we’ve emerged from lockdowns and mandates, in-store traffic is returning. Does that spell the end of grocery delivery and pickup? Of course not. These convenient shopping solutions are still being used across stores, and we’ve got ways to save money and make the most out of these in-store alternatives.

Click and Collect – Flexible, Reliable, No Commitments

“Click and Collect” also known as “in store pickup”, “at store pickup”, “curbside pickup”, or “parking lot delivery” is very popular for many reasons. For the same price as in-store shopping (or for a nominal charge), store staff will pick and bag your full list of items for you, having it waiting whenever you’re ready to pick it up. This is a very convenient, time-saving, and no-contact way to shop for groceries. Click and Collect works seamlessly with cash back rewards offers, including Ibotta. Simply add your offers on Ibotta, select your retailer, add those items to your digital cart, and complete the purchase online. That way you’re guaranteed the items you want – popular products attached to cash back offers – will be waiting for you with zero risk you’ll go in-store to find empty shelves or worse, forget to buy them by mistake.

Hybrid In-Store and Click & Collect Shopping

One of the smartest ways to save both time and money is to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to shopping in store and picking up at the curb.
  1. Look for sales and cash back rewards online – add those offers and those items to your cart first – then browse the retailer’s website for other deals and add those items to cart. Finally, add in non perishable staples like paper and canned goods. Pay online and have these products waiting for you at pickup. Since nothing in your cart is perishable, you don’t need to worry if you don’t arrive exactly on time to the store. This strategy also means all items attached to a reward, or essentials on your list, wind up in your bag.
  2. Next, arrive at the store and enjoy a streamlined stroll around the aisles, looking for meal inspirations, picking your own produce and perishable items, and browsing the freshly prepared foods, hot and cold food bars, and deli. Once you buy these items, have your pre-order items delivered to your car.

Going All In on Delivery

Many retailers, like Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, and Safeway offer a la carte and membership plans for home delivery. While these services are more expensive, they come with a dramatic “cost of time” savings. Many busy shoppers realize that their time is better spent working and/or investing free time with family, friends, or self-care. If you’re going to enjoy home delivery, maximize your savings with these strategies:
  1. Make the most of your membership – Instacart and Walmart+ are among the services that offer monthly or annual membership programs built around free delivery. If you sign up (annual plans are typically less expensive than monthly packages), be sure to get your money’s worth with frequent deliveries. Reduce food spoilage by ordering fewer items, more often.
  2. If you’re opting out of a membership, reduce fees by ordering above minimums and place your orders outside of peak hours that might be more expensive. This strategy works great for services like Amazon Fresh that are tied to Prime membership.
  3. Search for cash back offers from Ibotta while filling your cart – and also look for specials offered by your chosen retailer or delivery service.
  4. Be sure to tip your driver – they’re working hard for that money, and while a good tip increases the price of your groceries, feeling good about paying it forward is priceless.
One final tip for home deliveries – Make sure you’re home during the delivery window so that your food isn’t left sitting outside where thieves, animals, or weather can get to it.